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the civilian massacre in syria is intensifying. today the u.s. joined a growing number of nations condemning the deaths of 85 civilians in the town of houla. the white house called the killings a vial testament to an illegitimate regime that responds to peaceful protests with unspeakable brutality. the video of some of the 34 children killed has surfaced online. the images are simply too graphic to broadcast, showing children under the age of 10, some with missing limbs, and severe head wounds. the syrian government denies responsibility and blames al qaeda terrorists for the attack. well, this was a scene in several syrian cities today. people so angry over the massacre, they risked retribution from security forces to turn out in force. channel 4's alex thompson trand to houla today and caught up in the fight between security forces and rebels.
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>> reporter: houla today, so far the world has only seen sporadic glimpses from cameras. we're in the southern suburbs, not exactly controlled by the syrian army, but they're here. we can only film covertly. and they're scared, very scared. who knows how many dead bodies lie around here. when i pulled the blanket back, it revealed an old man way past fighting age with a gunshot wound. for well over an hour, we were pinned down here by sniper rounds. terrorists, said the syrian army. they were the rebels. and about ten meters away from this position, one of the soldiers was hit and taken away quickly. but he left his mark on this town. because the fighting continues in this town, it's impossible to verify exactly what happened here. there are no eyewitnesses, there are no civilians forced out by
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the fighting, clearly going on all around this town today. but this is rebel-held houla, a ghost town. ask yourself this then, why do people flee the area held by the army but remain in the rebel-held zone. after friday's massacre here, just who are the people afraid of. in these empty streets, the answer seems glaringly obvious. >> the u.n. security council just wrapped up a meeting on the crisis in syria, and u.n. envoy kofi annan is expected to arrive in syria tomorrow. now to severe weather here in this country. tropical storm beryl, well, it is dumping a whole lot of rain on the east coast, starting in northern florida, all the way up to the carolinas. jacqui jeras is watching the storm. and of course, lots of warnings going out to people along the coast to always want to go and see the high tide and surf. but don't get in there. >> it's tempting, you know. you see the big waves, surfers think it's gk to be a good time.
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but it's dangerous. there literally have been more than a hundred rescues in the past few days. the relief will have to come in the form of rain from this storm and you'll have to have some indoor plans or hitting the pool more than anything es. state of emergency has been declared by the jacksonville mayor. they've canceled almost all the memorial day holiday festivities throughout the weekend. so this is a serious storm. winds have been up, 65 miles per hour now, maximum sustained winds. so this is a much stronger storm than what we were dealing with yesterday. there you see the live picture and you've got a lot of gawkers out there trying to get a look at some of those big waves. now, the winds have been an issue as well. take a look at some of the wind gusts. they've been picking up in the past 60 or 90 minutes or so. gusts 30 to even pushing up to 40 miles per hour. and that's enough to cause a little damage. you can start to see some tree limbs starting to come down. now is the time you want to get
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focused as to where you're going to be for tonight. get through the night, when landfall can be expected. we're going to see landfall late tonight, but it will slow down and weaken, and when we get concerned when we see this type of a pattern, as it likely kicks on back out to sea by the middle of the week, it means the rainfall will be very heavy. ranges of three to six inches. i think we'll start to see locally heavier amounts than that. flooding will be a concern with this storm. good weekend to stay indoors, unfortunately. >> thanks so much, jacqui. in north carolina, the pastor who told his congregation that gays should be put in concentration camps is back in the news. today protesters showed up in north carolina to denounce the anti-gay sermon. pastor charles worley delivered on mother's day. during that sermon, worley said
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he would like to put all gays behind a lark electrified fence and held them there until they die off. critical talk aimed at bringing peace to a region racked by violence and new information on the next major cosmic event. we're looking at all the news straight ahead this week. josh levs has more on that. josh? >> yeah, we're going to get the cosmic event in just a minute. first we'll start with this. we take a look at the news ahead this week. sudan and south sudan, plan to resume talks, restart, really, talks, this week on tuesday. world leaders including president obama have been pushing very hard for this. the goal is to avoid more bloodshed and to quell tensions between these two neighboring nations. keep in mind south sudan was created as its own separate country last year. part of the dispute now is about territory. also ahead this week, the medal of freedom is going to be awarded. fascinating list of recipients
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this year. former secretary of state madelyn albright, singer bob dylan, and justice john paul stevens who retired back in 2010, astronaut john glenn, and post how maniously. i can't believe this. i had to read this multiple times to believe it. on thursday, nasa plans to talk about some things spotted by the hubble telescope. this is what nasa is saying. they're saying observations that allow astronomers to predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our entire universe. of course, that event is billions of years in the future. but they say this is certain -- this is going to be fascinating, folks. always to stay ahead of the news, check out ahead of the curve on i've got a reality check myself.
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mitt romney's campaign will be in las vegas and california this week. for some reason i said las vegas and florida. his stops include las vegas and california. >> very good. thanks for straightening that out. josh, appreciate it. >> yeah. here in the u.s., the green party is picking their candidate for president. and this woman, dr. jill stein, is in the lead. she'll be joining me. there she is right there talking about her efforts to shake up the status quo. we'll get her response to what her rival roseanne barr told me about this time last week. remember that? we're going to talk with dr. stein in a moment. it's very important to understand
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here. 25 million who need jobs, 50 million who need health care, 6 million who have lost their homesedf, another 3 million in the pipeline. >> dr. stein is a front-runner for the green party nomination for president. she's joining me live from grand rapids, michigan. good to see you, dr. stein. >> great to see you. thanks for having me on, fredricka. >> you weighed out a lot of the country's problems in your speech we just heard. you said you can solve the unemployment rate with what you call a new green deal. what's the key part of your plan to get americans back to work? >> exactly. a green new deal is an emergency program to put 25 million people to work, to end unemployment, jump-start the green economy for the 21st century, and put an end to climate change, as well as making wars for oil obsolete, all in one feld swoop. like the great depression, we had the new deal that
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substantially got us out of that great depression. we can do it now for less than the cost of the first stimulus package. we could actually put an end to unemployment at the same time that we jump-start the economy that we really need for the future. and the green new deal would basically put local communities in charge of deciding what jobs they need to make themselves sustainable, economically, socially, as well as ecologically. it's clean renewable energy, clean manufacturing, local organic agriculture, public transportation, as well as the social jobs, the jobs like hiring back the hundreds of thousands of teachers who have been laid off, nurses, child care, after-school, violence prevention, drug abuse, rehabilitation and prevention, affordable housing construction. it would basically jump-start a whole spectrum of jobs, both public works, public services as well as the small businesses,
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and worker cooperatives. it is really small businesses that are the backbone of our country. >> do you feel in large part these are green party platforms, or particular distinctions that you bring to the forefront as a green party candidate? >> you know, i think this is something that greens have been talking about for a long time, and actually green parties in other countries have been implementing them. what i bring to this, i think, is credibility, as a doctor, as an activist, someone who's actually been on the ground organizing, changing legislation, passing referendums, changing regulations to actually move us forward. so i think what i bring to this is the green party platform and values as well as the credibility of having done the work, and built the party on the ground to actually move this forward. >> all right, so dr. stein, i spoke with roseanne barr last week, she spoke of forgiving student loan debt among the many
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things she's campaigning on. let's listen in part to what she had to say and i want to get your thoughts on the other side about her comments. >> that's in the united states, to forgive student loans as a stimulus to the housing market. i'm just applying common sense to it. a lot of these kids have moved in with their parents because they can't pay off their student loans. believe me, the parents are not thrilled about it either. they would like to see their kids move out. the fact is, the kids could use that same money to put that money down on a home payment on a house. >> so do you agree with that plan, of forgiving student loans or do you think there is a better way or alternative way? >> i think it is the right thing to do. and it's the productive thing to do. we found a way to forgive the loans of the banks. we bailed out the banks to the tune of many trillions of dollars. and they're the ones who caused the problem. the least we can do for our students is bail them out because they're the victims of that waste, fraud and abuse on
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wall street. and while we're at it, we would actually provide public higher education, tuition-free. in the 20th century, we provided tuition-free high school education, because it was essential for economic security. so what we want to do in the 21st century is actually provide that college degree, also for free. because in the 21st century, a college degree is also essential now for economic security. and it pays for itself. we know this actually from the gi bill, where we put millions of returning soldiers after world war ii through college for free. and for every dollar that the taxpayers invested, $7 was actually returned to the public treasury. so it pays for itself many times over. it's the right thing to do. it's good for our economy. and it's essential for our students. >> as a medical doctor, you've authored studies on the effects of the environment, on children, and as part of your platform you support a medicare for all
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programs. but right now in washington, republicans are trying to shift from medicare to a private insurance program. so how would government, this country support medicare for all in your view? >> yes, well, i know a bit about this, as a practicing medical doctor, with about 25 years behind me. now i say i'm practicing political medicine because it's the mother of all illnesses and we've got to fix that one first. but the truth of the matter is, under a medicare for all systems, the red tape, waste in bureaucracy, the administration now gobbles up 30% of every health care dollar. that basically goes away. because that 30% overhead shrinks to 2% under medicare for all. that's how it actually pays for itself by eliminating that incredibly massive wasteful private health insurance bureaucracy. it goes beyond that, in fact,
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because it stabilizes medical inflation. that saves us trillions of dollars over the course of the next decade. so it's not actually a cost driver, it's actually a cost saver. >> all right. dr. jill stein, green party candidate for president of the united states. thanks so much for your time. appreciate it. and of course, we'll be keeping a close watch on this race for the nomination to represent the green party. two huge events in london this summer have security forces on edge, and on alert. and their preparations are unprecedented. we'll show you what they're planning.
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london is ramping up for its biggest security challenge ever. the queen's kidiamond jubilee nt month, and the olympics after that. the planning is unpress department. >> reporter: this summer britain's security establishment will have perhaps one of the toughest policing jobs in the world. the olympics and the queen's diamond jubilee bringing in an estimated 6 million extra
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investiga visitor a day. which in the past has repeatedly been targeted by islamist terrorists and the i.r.a. an amphibious ocean ship has anchored on the thames providing military backup for the police. the first priority will be securing the queen's diamond jubilee in early june, particularly the river thames. and a floating royal pageant of 1,000 boats. specialist police and sailing teams have been training to search all 14 bridges under which the flotilla will pass. i joined colonel richard camp on the thames to discuss the challenges. >> the bridges have to be secured. each bridge passed under has to have a security presence. and there has to be a pretty strong police presence among the crowd. >> reporter: they've had plenty of practice in securing
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large-scale formal events. but this summer presents a unique security challenge. 5,500 police will line the river thames during the jubilee pageant. a further 7,000 stewards will be on hand. and 12,000 police will be on duty at the olympic venues on peak days, with many more patrolling the rest of the city. commander bob milton used to direct security for the police during big events, and knows what it will involve. >> then you have sort of like con centric rings coming out. >> reporter: some will have special sniffer dogs to ensure the queen can safely go on a walk about. >> it's extremely difficult to put in a security apparatus that allows the queen, the royal family to have good access to the public. so you have to plan it by using, as you say, covert security measures.
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you have to have a polished approach. there the military play a massive role. >> reporter: like these royal navy helicopters with snipers aboard, prepared to take out any intruders on the river. >> the helicopters alongside police boats, and some of our own boats will close on that vessel. >> reporter: combined with the olympics, the security operation will be unprecedented. >> this will be the largest military operation on mainland uk. probably since the second world war, involving huge numbers of military forces, more than we've got deployed in afghanistan today, and very, very large numbers of police. >> reporter: hoping they won't be called on, but prepared for any eventuality if called upon. cnn's live coverage of queen elizabeth's diamond jubilee
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begins next sunday, june 3rd, 11:00 a.m. join us for this royal celebration. an 80-year-old woman's daredevil attempt to sky dive went terribly wrong. she actually slipped out of her harness thousands of feet in the air. and she talks about her scary experience. man: 1939 -- my parents ran across an ad for a hot dog cart. my mother said, "well, maybe we ought to buy this hot dog cart and set it up someplace." so my parents went to bank of america. they met with the branch manager and they said, "look, we've got this little hot dog cart, and it's on a really good corner. let's see if we can buy the property." and the branch manager said, "all right, i will take a chance with the two of you." and we've been loyal to bank of america for the last 71 years.
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it was a birthday celebration that didn't go quite as planned. an 80-year-old california woman decided to go skydiving for her big day, but she never quite envisioned this. so after finally taking the plunge there, a heart stopping moment. she actually began slipping out of that harness. even with the chute opening. fortunately laverne everett and her instructor, who was holding on ever so tightly, they did land safely. our affiliate spoke to the lady on her harrowing experience. >> i just wanted to do it. >> reporter: the daredevil herself, 80-year-old laverne everett. she lives in oakdale, says she craves a little excitement once in a while. so last year for her 80th birthday she decided to jump out of a plane.
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when you're telling your family you want to sky dive, what is their reaction to you? >> they thought i was very brave. but it's just something i've wanted to do for a long time. >> reporter: last may laverne did just that, a parachute center in campo. >> once you get on that edge, that's another story. the upper harness came off. it slipped down. >> reporter: laverne said her shirt flew up against her face and she didn't realize exactly what happened until she saw the video for herself. >> i didn't know anything. only to hold on. that's all. >> reporter: and now she says it's time to cross another item on her bucket list. >> well, i never have ridden in a race car. >> woo! she is daring. i like her spirit. laverne everett said she signed a waiver, so she has a really good spirit, a good sport about it. she signed a waiver so she has no plans to sue the skydiving
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company. >> that is scary. >> have you ever wanted to do that? >> no, i don't like that free-falling thing. round and round, yeah, but down, huh-uh. >> maybe you'll take the plunge? >> no. no. >> i thought about it back in my college days. now i've since come to my senses. and i'm a thrill-seeker. i love crazy, daring things, but not this one. >> look how scary that is. her harness came loose. it came all the way up to the top. she's hanging on for dear life. i would have had a heart attack personally. >> the faa is now looking into that whole thing, too. apparently it does happen. it's an occurrence where a harness could loosen, not attached properly. they want to look into it. but it is rare, according to the faa. okay. we've got something else that's really fascinating. remember that tsunami a year
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ago? debris starting to wash up. >> right. >> take this harley-davidson bike, this really was a prize beauty of one owner in japan. and now it has washed 4,000 miles ashore to a canadian island. and there it is. it was actually in a container as it was traveling. >> it was in storage, and that's how it was able to stay intact. a guy in british columbia, he finds this and contacts harley-davidson and said, hey, can you help me find the owner of this bike. the license plate was still on there. harley said, we'll send you the bike back for free. he said, i'm kind of in chaos, i lost my home. >> and three family members, too. he's still in temporary housing. >> so he said i would like to keep this motorcycle as a memorial to all the people who died in the tsunami. so it's going to be in milwaukee, wisconsin, in a museum. >> that's extraordinary. what a story. >> more debris continuing to wash up. >> that's right.
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we're just seeing the beginning of it. >> we'll see it for years and years. >> appreciate it, jacqui. >> sure. madonna, who is not a big madonna fan. are you? >> oh, yeah. >> she's kicking off her big world tour now in the holy land of the we'll get you set for the week ahead. if you are one of the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. [ male announcer ] dosing and application sites between these products differ. women and children should avoid contact with application sites.
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a former prime minister testified and a group of hackers gets together to try to solve some world problems. josh levs is here with a look at the news ahead this week. >> all coming up in the next few days. we start off with this, fred. this is about tony blair who will be testifying monday, tomorrow, at the inquiry in london. the inquiry was set up in response to accusations of
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widespread phone hacking by journalists working for murdoch's "news of the world." former director of communications just days ago testified about a cozy relationship between some in britain's press and those in power. also for those following that, later this week on thursday, culture secretary jeremy hunt will testify as well. something else you should know about, it's called random hacks of kindness, an annual event in which hackers pool brain power to focus on world problems. it takes place in a bunch of cities. last year about 1,500 took part. disaster relief and climate change organizations get together with hackers, programmers and developers, and together try to generation new solutions. and get this, according to our story on, these events often end with fully functional products. we'll see what they take on this year. >> look forward to that one. and a quick look at a pop culture. and it's all about madonna.
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she just continues to rock on. she is just amazing. >> it's incredible. i listened to her as a kid and here she is kicking off a world tour tuesday in tel aviv. she will hit outdoor sites across the world from canada to south america to australia, where she has not performed for 20 years. >> oh, wow. >> so excited. i know. many places around the world. >> she's tireless. >> it's just astounding her energy and the shows she can still put on. as always, folks are check us out, ahead of the curve, at a lot of the stories over the next seven days. i have a lot of links for everything i'm talking about online. are you going to go to the concert when she comes to america? >> i don't know. i should. she's definitely one iconic figure i haven't seen yet. i do like to check out all the icons when i can. >> i'll get you the dates for
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when she's around here. >> please let me know. >> yeah. >> thanks so much. >> you bet. in indianapolis, dario franchitti wins the indy 500 for the third time. he won right after a crash on the final lap. the driver barely miss the fr franchit franchitti, who is married to actress ashley judd, was able to speed across that finish line and become the tenth driver to win at least three indy 500s. instead of soda or champagne, he drinks milk. and a first for the indy 500, katherine leg got backed by the first all-female team as you seat right there. this sounds like a setup to a joke. five guys and a goat are walking down the road. >> it really started the show. people love the goat. >> but they have a serious
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growing number of nations blasting the syrian government for the kills at houla. the regime denies responsibility and blames the attacks on al qaeda terrorists. by this time tomorrow, five guys and a goat hope to be at wrigley field in chicago. and when they get there, they will have walked almost 2,000 miles, and raised thousands of dollars to fight cancer. and they hope to lift a curse on the chicago cubs baseball team. >> t.j. fish -- >> phillip aldridge. >> i'm matt gregory. i'm with a group of four friends and wrigley the goat. we're going from arizona to chicago, trying to raise $100,000 for cancer research and break the curse for the cubs. >> we started february 25th. we walked through the southern desert. oklahoma city, tulsa, the ozarks
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in missouri, right through the heart of cardinal country of st. louis. and here we are, 88 days into it. and we can smell chicago. and surely they can smell us coming. so it feels good. it's a journey almost done. >> we've traveled close to 1,900 miles. it's going to be about 2,000 when it's all said and done. we've raised over $13,000 so far. >> our target is $100,000. we still feel it's a possibility. and a lot of that comes in the form of people stopping by and giving $5, $10, $20. >> wrigley. >> wrigley. >> we're outside mcdonald's and this guy donated $125. and it's just because his kid wanted to pet the goat. he's really the star of the show. we've had five or six people ask if they can buy them. he's not for sale. >> he's from cave creek, arizona.
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he found him on craigslist. >> tell the cubs up there, if they don't let that goat in there, they won't have a win. >> my story with cancer research was my mom was pregnant with me. she had leukemia. in early '79 she took part in a sibling bone marrow transplant. she lived 20 years off that. >> it's a cause we believe in. doing something for our team. everybody's got their team, whether it be the cubs or anything. this is far bigger than sports. >> it's an experience a lot of people don't get to get. we've been fortunate enough to have the time to do it. and be able to experience this journey. with each other, and with the goat. >> if you want to keep track of the group's progress, go to their website, it's it's memorial day weekend here in the u.s. and for many americans it's a great time to spend with family and friends. but one author said we need to remember how we got to the place where we can be free.
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it's memorial day weekend here in the u.s. the u.s. marine corps war memorial in arlington. many known it as the iwo jima sculpture. president barack obama will honor our fallen soldiers at arlington national cemetery tomorrow. what does memorial day mean to you? for many americans, it's a long weekend. time to spend with family and
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friends, at the beach or maybe a backyard barbecue. some of us may need some reminding how we arrived at this holiday weekend, the tolls taken and sacrifices made. cnn opinion columnist and best-selling author, bob green, said that is what we should be thinking about this weekend. good to see you, bob, joining us from chicago. so why do you suppose -- why do you think it is a lot of americans have lost the meaning of what is behind memorial day weekend? >> well, it turned into a three-day weekend, once all holidays were changed, or almost all holidays were changed to monday. and it makes sense, it's the beginning of the summer, people have barbecues and ball games. the reason we have memorial day in the first place is to honor those who gave their lives in the pursuit of peace for us. and there's a quotation that is variously ascribed to winston churchill. it says, we sleep soundly in our
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beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence upon those who would do us harm. and so i do think that it is incumbent upon us, on this weekend, to take some time off from the relaxation, and realize what sacrifice was given for us to achieve that most elusive thing, peace. >> yeah. and extend our gratitude to so many who have sacrificed so much. >> yeah. the most famous beloved picture about peace ever, from world war ii, is the famous picture taken by alfred eisenstad of "life" magazine of the sailor and the nurse in times square. it makes up more sense that people prefer to look at that picture of the first hours of peace, than think about the last hours of war. because just days before, to end the killing, and to bring home the soldiers, sailors, marines
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and airmen to their families, the atomic bombs were dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki. so there was such a short period between that absolute carnage and heart break and sorrow of world war ii, and that wonderful picture of what it feels like when peace finally comes, and you just can't help the very wo peace is such a beautiful and yearnful word because it's such a simple word and yet it's so hard to find it, it seems. >> bob greene, thanks so much for helping us bring perspective to this weekend and why so many of us are able to be with friends and family this weekend on an extended holiday weekend. thanks so much, bob greene. >> thank you, fredricka. >> read bob's columns on the issues that shape your world at so as we honor our fallen soldiers this memorial day weekend, thousands of
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motorcyclists pay tribute to soldiers missing in action. they had the parents of u.s. soldier bowe bergdahl riding along with them. their son is the only known american prisoner of war in afghanistan. >> thanks to you our p.o.w.s and m.i.a.s will never be forgeten, bowe, you are not forgotten, we will not leave you behind. >> the taliban captured their son in 2009. bergdahl's father says the length of his beard is a chronology of his son's captivity. from nearly 25 years of u.s. military service to the big screen now, war hero colonel greg gadsen made his film debut in "battleship." he became a double amputee after being hit by a roadside bomb in
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iraq in 2007. >> i got this. >> now he's taken that experience to the big screen in "battleship." he plays a wounded war vet and speaks for a knowing number of vets would want to see them in movies. yesterday i spoke to him about his experience. how in the world did these two come together, your experience as a war vet and this opportunity to be in this movie that does showcase real-life war heroes such as yourself? >> well, you know, peter berg is a new york fan, new york giants fan, from new york and had been aware of my role with the giants and then i happened to be part of a small article that "the national geographic" did in 2010 that was spotlighting and showing the advancements in prosthetics and my photo was
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part of that article, and peter berg saw that and that's where he got the idea ofs canning me in the movie. >> when they reached out and said, hey, we want you to be in the movie, were you reluctant and said, oh, c shg, i can do t? had you ever acted before. >> i played a free in a school play and i actually halfheartedly just said yes when he asked me. you know, part of me was let's just see where this goes but really didn't believe i was going to ultimately end up acting. they'd eventually find out i couldn't act and have to go for direction. >> but clearly you did a very good job, you know, this is a blockbuster movie. if you're going to start, why not start big and this is what you did. do you think this is going to kind of help open the door maybe for other vets to, you know, be extended the same kind of opportunities especially when you talk about movies that are
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conveying ha veteran experience, that war experience? >> i hope so. you know, there is -- i'm certainly not the first war veteran to play in a movie and so it's really unique, what's really nice that hollywood has taken an interest and i tell you, pete has really taken a special interest. he really highlights the service of those that are fighting and currently serving as well as those that served in the past. it's really neat how he's woven the real service of service members into this movie. >> all right. he's very inspiring. colonel gadson says he's humbled by the opportunity to honor veterans with that role in the film "battleship." the economy is issue number one in this year's presidential election. check out what folks in washington had to say on the sunday morning talk shows today. >> if the economy doesn't
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improve between now and september or october, i don't think president obama will be re-elected. if he gets an economy that starts improving then it could be anybody's ball game. >> we're certainly happy to talk a little about mitt romney and his record of not creating jobs in virtually every step of his life. that's what this campaign is going to be about. who are you going to be better off with in the next four years. >> i'm totally committed to romney's election. i think given this economy, this level of unemployment, this level of deficits, it's very likely he will win and i think that you'll see it pull away in september and october. >> horrible things are happening in syria. this administration has a feckless foreign policy which abandons american leadership. i know because i visit with these people that they are ready to help these people and they are already helping them some but it cries out for american leadership, american leadership is not there.
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>> it's a difficult situation. so when you talk about syria and talk about troops or intervention, the president has been very cautious. i think properly so. >> fundamental premise is that neither the united states or the international community is going to allow iran to develop a nuclear weapon. we will do everything we can to prevent them from developing a weapon. >> the american ambassador to israel said a few days ago the u.s. is "ready from a military per spectacular tiff to carry out a strike on iran." that's true. >> one of the things we do at the defense department is plan. and we have plans to be able to implement any contingency, we have to, in order to defend ourselves. >> and doggone heartbreaking story out of california with the happy ending. this little dog was severely injured after someone strapped it with explosives and then
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detonated it. police rush eed the dog to an animal hospital where they named him rocket. the dog's real name is dexter. a $2500 reward is being offered. that'll do it for me. i'm fredricka whitfield. much more of "newsroom" with alina cho in for don lemon. have a great week. [ woman ] for the london olympic games, our town had a "brilliant" idea.
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hi, everybody. thanks for joining us. you are in the cnn newsroom. i'm alina cho in for don lemon. just moments ago, the u.n. security council released a statement condemning the massacre in the syrian village of hula and directly blaming government forces for the killings. the council met in a rare closed door session and while they were talking residents of hula were burying their dead. 108 victim, 49 children. it could be considered crimes against humanity according to one u.n. official. outraged syrians poured into the streets defying their government in mass protests. our mohammed jamjoom joins us from beirut with more on this. mohammed, what more do we know about the massacre. >> reporter: well, alina, still a lot of


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